NNYLN 54th Annual Meeting

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Date(s) - May 16 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Mirror Lake Inn


The Northern NY Library Network invites members to the 54th annual meeting at the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid.

Keynote: Engaging Your Community and Building Support for Your Organization with Patrick ‘P.C.’ Sweeney

Description: In this speaking session, we will discuss moving the discussion from advocating for our organizations through stories to organizing our community and creating activists to order to build political power and influence. We’ll look at how our current advocacy model is failing many organizations causing massive defunding and closures and we’ll explore many of the strategies and tactics used by some of the best community organizers, political action committees, and politicians to build real actionable support from networks of change through community organizing and political action. We will emphasize the resources and skills that organizational staff and supporters need to develop if they want to have the political and community support that they need in order to increase support and funding.

Outcomes: In this 1.5-hour speaking session we’ll explore:

    • The data we need to understand our communities
    • How to identify, cultivate, and empower our supporters
    • How to use various message structures to engage the community
    • Tools that dampen opposition

About Patrick ‘PC’ Sweeney: Patrick is the co-author of Winning Elections and Influencing Politicians for Library Funding and Before the Ballot: Building Support For Library Funding. He is the former Administrative Librarian of the Sunnyvale (CA) Public Library and Executive Director of EveryLibrary California, a statewide initiative to support library propositions. He currently works as the Political Director for EveryLibrary, the nation’s first and only national Political Action Committee for Libraries and is a lecturer on politics at the San Jose State University iSchool.  He is a 2015 Library Journal Mover and Shaker and 40 Under 40 Winner from the American Association of Political Consultants for his political and advocacy work supporting libraries across the country. He can be found online as PC Sweeney.

The schedule also includes a presentation of the NNYLN Excellence in Library Service Award; recognition of outgoing board members; and more. Additional details are forthcoming.

A light breakfast, as well as lunch, will be provided.

The afternoon session will relate to the keynote from the morning – details forthcoming.

This event is free to NNYLN members.


Registration is closed for this event.